March 13, 2007
Today was Scientology founder Ron Hubbard’s birthday, which I almost missed because, well, (a) Ron’s not on my birthday list, and (b) he’s (thankfully) dead. Still, the “church” saw fit to issue a press release—a release as absurd as it is dishonest:
In 160 countries around the world millions of people celebrate March 13th, the birthday of L. Ron Hubbard (1911-1986), founder of the Scientology Religion.
As a young man L. Ron Hubbard asked the questions, “What is man?” and to his astonishment, no one could give him the answer. Thus began his life’s work – a relentless search to discover the truth.
It doesn’t appear that he found it:
Programs using Mr. Hubbard’s discoveries in drug rehabilitation are five times more effective than any other similar program. His breakthroughs in the field of learning and literacy are used in more than 500 centers and have been incorporated into whole educational systems, with dramatic increases in student achievement. His program for criminal reform, which produces a greater than 80 percent reduction in recidivism, is used in more than 2,000 prisons and penal institutions internationally. And the distribution of Mr. Hubbard’s common sense moral code, The Way to Happiness, has statistically reversed declining moral trends across entire communities.
All demonstrably untrue claims, without a shred of factual evidence to back them up.
So happy birthday, Ron. Your legacy is in good hands.
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